Mobile kitchens were set up by the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to provide free hot meals to poor residents and the homeless in Quezon City.
The AFP mobile kitchens, which started on Monday, were part of the AFP’s “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko” campaign to help ease the hunger of disadvantaged individuals severely affected by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
On Tuesday, Civil Relations Service AFP Commander MGen. Ernesto Torres Jr said that on the first day of their project, the “dedicated” soldiers prepared and served the food themselves to informal settlers in the depressed communities of Barangay Tatalon, Obrero, Sto. Domingo, and Mindanao Avenue.
“We would like to create a spirit of compassion, an atmosphere of benevolence, cooperation, and love among the Filipino people especially during this difficult time,” said Torres.
“The campaign is an umbrella of different lines of efforts that the Armed Forces is doing, and part of this is the feeding program of the AFP mobile kitchen,” he added.
The project, according to Torres, aims to serve 3,000 hot meals once a day. The AFP also aims to expand the project to other areas in Metro Manila and other communities in different parts of the country.
Two military kitchen trucks were deployed, while proper social distancing, wearing of masks, and all other necessary protocols were observed during the distribution of meals, Torres added.
The AFP noted that stranded workers or students receiving little or no support may also benefit from the activity.